OCM Weekly Highlights
2nd August 2009
OCM Official Website: www.olympic.org.my
The World Women Tenpin Bowling Championship 2009 – 26th July to 3rd August 2009 at Las Vegas, USA.
1st Mini Olympics Malaysia 2009 – 29th July to 9th August 2009.
1st Asian Martial Arts Games 2009 – 1st to 9th August 2009, Bangkok, Thailand.
26th Malaysian Ladies Amateur Open 2009 – 4th to 6th August 2009 at The Mines Resort & Golf Club, Kuala Lumpur.
Hulu Langat Netball Association Annual Open Invitation Netball Championship 2009 – 9th August 2009 at OCM Indoor Sports Arena, 3rd Floor, Wisma OCM Phase II, Kuala Lumpur.
2009 UCI Juniors World Track Cycling Championship in Moscow – 7th to 15th August 2009 in Moscow, Russia.
Da Ma Cai National Wushu Championships 2009 – 22nd to 24th August 2009, at Stadium Badminton Kuala Lumpur, Cheras.
23rd FIBA Asia Championship for Women - Twelve teams divided into two Levels will battle it out in the Championship which will be played from Sept 17-24, 2009 in the southern Indian coastal town of Chennai. Malaysia is in Level II with teams from Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan.
Selection of the Malaysian Contingents for the 3rd Asia Indoor Games and the 25th SEA Games
The OCM Selection Committee met on 28th and 29th July 2009 at OCM Boardroom, Wisma OCM, Kuala Lumpur, to select the Malaysian Contingent to the 3rd Asian Indoor Games and the 25th SEA Games 2009.
For the 3rd Asian Indoor Games, athletes and officials of the following sports were confirmed:
Futsal Men’s and Women’s team, Basketball 3On3, Dance Sport, Hoop Sepaltakraw, Lion & Dragon Dance, Pencak Silat and Petanque. The representatives of Kabaddi did not attend the Selection Committee meeting.
For the 25th SEA Games, representatives of Athletics, Aquatics (Diving, Swimming & Water Polo), Archery, Badminton, Billiards & Snooker, Boxing, Cycling (Road & Mountain Bikes), Football, Golf, Judo, Karate, Pencak Silat, Petanque, Sepaktakraw, Shooting, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wushu.
The Selection Committee decided that athletics who meet the qualifying standards before the closing date for entries by name could still be considered.
1st Mini Olympics Malaysia 2009
The 1st Mini Olympic Malaysia was declared opened by the Hon. Dato’ Seri Ahmad Sabrey Cheek, Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia in a simple but dignified ceremony on the evening of 30th July 2009. A total of about 950 of the best athletes in 8 sports, namely Archery, Aquatics (Swimming & Diving), Athletics, Badminton, Cycling, Gymnastics, Shooting and Weightlifting are participating in the Mini Olympics until 9th August 2009.
The Badminton competitions in the Mini Olympics were completed on 30th July 2009. The Archery competitions were held from 29th July to 1st August, and Athletics were held from 31st July till 2nd August 2009.
In athletics, Melinda Kuar competing in the 3,000m Steeplechase for women set a national record with a time of 11 min. 04.14 sec, breaking her old record of 11 min. 07.31 sec., which she set in Taiwan last week. This was the third occasion, Melinda Kuar broke her national record in a month.
The competitions schedules of other sports are as follows:
Diving – 2nd to 4th August 2009 at the National Aquatics Centre, Bukit Jalil.
Swimming – 5th to 7th August 2009 at the National Aquatics Centre, Bukit Jalil.
Weightlifting – 1st to 5th August 2009 at Gym 2, National Sports Council, Bukit Jalil.
Road Cycling – 5th & 6th August 2009 at Putrajaya Highway.
Track Cycling – 7th & 8th August 2009 at the Kuala Lumpur Veledrome
Rhythmic Gymnastics – 1st to 4th August 2009 at Gym. 1, National Sports Council, Bukit Jalil
Artistic Gymnastics – 5th to 9th August 2009 at Gym. 3, National Sports Council, Bukit Jalil
Shooting – 29th July to 4th August 2009 at the National Shooting Range, Subang.
1st Asian Martial Arts Games 2009
The Malaysian Contingent led by Chef de Mission, Mr. Clement Soo, Secretary General of the Malaysian Karate Federation are competing in the 1st Asian Martial Arts Games in Bangkok from 1st to 9th August 2009. Malaysia is participating in two sports, namely Pencak Silat and Karate, with 7 men and 6 women athletes, & men officials and 3 women officials.
Congratulations to Y.Bhg. Dato’ Nicol Ann David for being the first player to win CIMB Malaysian Open Women’s Championship for the five consecutive year, when she beat Alison Waters of England in the final at the Curve in Mutiara Damansara on 1st August 2009.
2009 UCI Juniors World Track Cycling Championship in Moscow
Malaysia will be sending two cyclists, namely Mohd Adiq Hussainie bin Othman (18 years old) and Mohd Zulhilmie Afif bin Ahmad Zamri (17 years old) to compete in the 2009 UCI Juniors World Track Cycling Championship in Moscow from 7th to 15th August, 2009.
They will be competing in the following events: Individual Pursuit, Points Race, Scratch race
The above two cyclists Project 2016 Olympic riders and the exposure in Moscow will be a start for the 2016 Olympic Games campaign. They will be accompanied by their Coach Mr Suod Hussain and a support official from the National Sport Institute Nick Slyger.
The two riders had returned to Malaysia from their training stint in Melbourne and will leave for Moscow this week end.
Da Ma Cai National Wushu Championships 2009
The 2009 Da Ma Cai National Wushu Championships will be held from 22nd to 24th August 2009, at Stadium Badminton Kuala Lumpur, Cheras. Opening Ceremony is on 22nd August 2009 from 7.30 p.m. to be officiated by YABhg. Tun Dr. Lim Keng Yaik, Hon. President of the Wushu Federation of Malaysia and 1st Vice president of International Wushu Federation. Competitions will be from 23rd to 24th August 2009 from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. daily.
Hulu Langat Netball Association Annual Open Invitation Netball Championship 2009
The Hulu Langat Netball Association will be organizing their Annual Open Invitation Netball Championship 2009 for the Cik Haja Norminshah Challenge Trophy on Sunday, 9th August 2009 at the OCM Indoor Sports Arena, 3rd Floor, Wisma OCM Phase II, Kuala Lumpur. The competition will be from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Entries are still open until 5th August 2009. Those interested are to contact the President of the Hulu Langat Netball Association, Puan Hajah Norlia Ismail at 012-9125611 or 03-8736 2348, or Puan Siti Azura Sofian at 017-6267694.
Celebration of my 16 years 8 months as the full-time volunteer elected Secretary of OCM.
In early November 1992, the late Mr. Thong Poh Nyen, informed me that he would be retiring after serving 31 years as the Honorary Secretary of the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM),and would not be seeking re-election at the coming Biennial General Meeting of OCM. Since I had been assisting him for quite some time, he asked me to take over his post as the Honorary Secretary of OCM.
Thus on 28th November 1992, at the 15th Biennial General Meeting of OCM, I was returned unopposed as the Honorary Secretary of OCM, succeeding the late Mr. Thong Poh Nyen. On 28th July 2009, I have served OCM as the full-time volunteer elected Honorary Secretary for exactly 16 years 8 months, which is a milestone for me.
Many would wonder the reason for me to celebrate 16 years 8 months as the Honorary Secretary of OCM, when the usual celebration is on the 20th Anniversary. The reason for this is that when I was elected the Honorary Secretary of OCM, I decided that in order to fulfill my responsibility to the best of my ability and capabilty, I would have to be full-time and not be part-time as my predecessors. At that time, I was 54 years old and had taken optional retirement from government service on 31st December 1990, after serving the Drainage & Irrigation Department for 28 years. When I retired, I was offered to work by Engineering consultants firms and indeed, in 1991 and early 1992, I did do some part time assignments with a couple of consultants.
On assuming the post of full-time Honorary Secretary of OCM, I could not take on any more outside work. Nevertheless, I decided to give myself an opportunity cost of RM5,000/= per month, which was about half of what I was drawing working in Engineering consultant firms.
From 28th November 1992 to 28th July 2009, I have served OCM for exactly 200 months. Based on the opportunity cost of RM5,000/= per month, by 28th July 2009, I would have contributed RM1.0 million of service to OCM. Many people are not aware that all the elected Office Bearers of OCM are volunteers and do not draw any honorarium or allowance from OCM. However, our contributions and services do have a value. As such, I would also wish to point out that all my colleagues Office Bearers of OCM, have contributed, just as much, if not more, to OCM.
The intention of writing this article is to share with my friends and colleagues, my personal satisfaction and happiness in achieving a certain target and milestone in my life serving OCM.
(The above article is written by Dato’ Sueh Kok Chi about himself).